Ilkeston micro pub is given green light

Proposed micro brewery on Market Street, Ilkeston
Proposed micro brewery on Market Street, Ilkeston

A micro-bar aimed at real ale drinkers will open in Ilkeston after a premises licence was granted by Erewash Borough Council.

The application for The Burnt Pig on Market Street was approved on February 26.

The brewery will sell its own ales and support local breweries, aiming to attract a market of real ale drinkers.

Peter Gaughen, on behalf of the applicant, said: “The building has been vacant for some time. The business will add another dimension to the economy of Ilkeston.

“It would be the first town centre bar which would be able to generate, promote and sell its own products and draw the right clientele into town.”

A smoking shelter was scrapped, meaning smokers will stand on the street.

Mr Gaughen reassured residents that the pub would not mean an increase in anti-social behaviour on the street.

But resident Hayley Dilks said she has witnessed damage and violence caused by drinking in the town. She said “The town has a bad relationship with alcohol.

“You can’t control who goes to the micro pub.”